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Miller and Rhoads Department Store

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1922, Starrett and Van Vleck. Later additions. 500 E. Grace St. (north side)

Grace Street owed its reputation as the shopping mecca for the upper South to these two department stores, now closed. Thalhimers was for nearly 100 years one of the best-known department stores in the South. Unified by an aluminum screen, the structure is actually a series of smaller buildings. At the corner of 6th Street is another portion of Thalhimers, built in 1939, with a restrained classical Art Deco facade that would be at home in New York. Next door is the former Miller and Rhoads Department Store (1922, Starrett and Van Vleck; later additions), which was the other big-name department store in Richmond. Closed as well, the Miller and Rhodes building, in a restrained red brick colonial idiom, was designed by a wellknown New York firm.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Miller and Rhoads Department Store", [Richmond, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 224-225.

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